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Safety First in Scuba Diving – a Gentle Reminder

Safety First!

At Mermaids Dive Center Pattaya Thailand as all good dive centers – Safety is most definitely first! Mermaids pride ourselves on the provision of first class and safe scuba diving training and as such require you to a complete form to ensure that you are medically fit to dive. The PADI Medical Statement is a list of health questions devised to check your suitability for diving. It truly is a precautionary measure and nothing to worry about. Very few people that are interested in learning to scuba dive are not able to dive due to medical reasons. Please check the PADI Medical Statement

We recommend you to get familiar with Liability Release and Assumption of Risk form. It is necessary to fill the form prior to taking your scuba training. This form or similar will be filled at Mermaids Dive facility and signed by your Instructor before you start the dive training course.

All of Mermaids dive facilities and boats are equipped with First Aid and Oxygen Kits and all our Course Directors, Dive Instructors, and Dive Masters are fully certified in Emergency First Response, CPR training and certified by accredited agency to perform such services. Most of the staff are instructors in the CPR and emergency response field. You’re in good hands.

All scuba diving involves a degree of risk, because, after all, we are air-breathing mammals and are not designed for breathing underwater. If we accept this premise, and admit to ourselves that we are voluntarily entering an alien environment, we are more likely to approach our scuba diving with a sensible degree of caution. We must also acknowledge that we rely totally on our scuba equipment while diving.

Be Safe, Remember These Safety Tips.

  • Be trained by a recognized agency. Such diver training will make you aware of the more common problems you will face underwater, and how to reduce the likelihood of these problems occurring.
  • Be sure that you are medically fit for diving.  Some medical conditions are not compatible with safe diving, while other conditions may allow you to dive safely with caution. It is important that divers over 40 receive regular medical check-ups.
  • Be sure that you are physically fit for diving. Diving may require exertion beyond what is usual for you and it is important that you are fit enough to deal with this.
  • Thoroughly prepare and check your gear prior to diving. You rely totally on your dive equipment while underwater.
  • Choose dives that match your training, experience and confidence. Dive within your comfort zone on all dives.
  • Listen to your inner voice. If you do not feel right while underwater, or you feel that you have exceeded your comfort level, tell a buddy, abort the dive.
  • Watch your ascent rate on all dives. You should never exceed an ascent rate of 10m/minute when diving shallower than about 30m. An ascent rate of 5-6 metres per minute is recommended in the last 10m of ascent.
  • Complete safety stops on all dives that exceed 10m depth. Safety stops assist with reduction of excess nitrogen, which reduces the risk of DCI (Decompression Illness). Dive safety stops also slow your ascent rate, by forcing you to stop for a period of time. The rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes 5-6 meters. An additional deeper stop may sometimes be beneficial after deeper dives.
  • Always dive with a buddy. Your safety and your enjoyment will be enhanced by being with a companion while underwater.
  • Plan your dive. You and your buddy should agree on depth, time, air cut-off, and safety stops. (Plan your dive and dive your plan)
  • Plan your dive so you surface with a minimum of 50bar. Don?t look at it as wasted air, but as insurance against the possibility of some emergency that causes your air consumption to increase.
  • If you have had a break from scuba diving, or you have been unwell, do some easier dives to regain your confidence and skill. Maybe take a dive skills refresher.
  • Revise your skills regularly. Practice such survival skills as mask-clearing, regulator removal, and air-sharing regularly.
  • Log your dives. A record of your diving history may come in very handy should you ever seek higher levels of scuba training.

Mermaids (Pattaya, Thailand) scuba training emphasise safety first in all areas of the course. The professional scuba diving internship programs of PADI Dive Master and PADI Instructor focus on safety and the diver rescue, CPR and Emergency First Response Skills heavily. These are simply essential skills to possess and part of a divers employability if looking for dive work. Solid diver rescue skills are imperative to pass the professional qualifications and work within the dive industry.

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